Earlier today I was in a grocery story, a Kroger to be exact, waiting for a meeting with the Store Manager. And then my attention was taken away by a large man, probably 6’6″, standing at the customer service counter. He had sun glasses on and just by his posture there at the counter I knew he was blind…and he had my attention.
I have always been fascinated by those who are blind. How they communicate, how they operate their lives and especially how keen are their remaining senses. As I watched him carefully handle an envelope and straighten out a crinkled piece of paper I wanted to engage him in conversation. I did not, but I sure wanted to. And I would have eventually asked him this question, “What do you see that I can not?” And I bet his answer would have been life changing for me.
He would have told me of depth, of shapes, of colors so brilliant, of the feel of a perfect hand, images related to sounds and so many things that are going on around me that I miss.
I now know I missed an opportunity in not talking to this man.
In Isaiah 29:18 it says, “On that day the deaf will hear words of a book. And out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.”
Literally? Maybe…probably. Figuratively? Absolutely.
Those who can not see look beyond the temporal and the shallow subjects we often become entranced by. Today, we should all look beyond and outside of our own darkness. Close your eyes and listen more intently, feel more closely and allow yourself to be shown what others can not see.